Sugar Tax

The government has urged businesses to meet the 30 April 2018 registration deadline for the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, commonly known as sugar tax.

Some importers, producers and packagers of soft drinks are yet to register for the levy, a statement from the HMRC pointed out. The sugar tax came into effect on April 6.

It is a criminal offence to fail to register, and to fail to register before the deadline, it added.

“HMRC has published clear guidance on GOV.UK about where the levy does and doesn’t apply, who may need to take action and when. I encourage all businesses in the soft drinks industry who have not yet done so to read our guidance and review the deadlines for registration,” said David Richardson, Director General for Customer Strategy and Tax Design.

Many manufacturers have registered for the levy and reduced their sugar content since the tax was announced in March 2016.

There are different rules about when registration for the levy needs to take place, depending on how and when drinks liable for the levy are handled.